Selhurst Park
Premier League • Day 28
  • 2nd Half
  • Crystal Palace
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Kane
  • TownsendLee
  • TomkinsDelaney
  • DembéléSon
  • LamelaMoura
  • 1st Half
  • Crystal Palace
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Dembélé

Crystal Palace - Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League - 25 February 2018

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  • End of 2nd Half


Harry Kane's 150th goal of his career is enough to provide Spurs with the three points, which moves them into the top-four, even if the breakthrough did come ridiculously late.

It's very cruel on Palace who remain 17th and in grave danger of relegation.


Spurs win a corner and they will take their time with the set-piece. They are now only moments from another well deserved victory.


Spurs will move into fourth with this victory with 55 points, two more than fifth-placed Chelsea.


That was Kane's 35th goal of the season and his 150th of his entire career.

There will be FOUR minutes of added time!

  • Harry Kane
    GoalHarry KaneTottenham HotspurGOAL! Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham (Kane) The breakthrough for Tottenham! Kane rescues Spurs, who else! He manages to wriggle free of Delaney to head home Eriksen's corner at the back post.
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GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham (Kane)

The breakthrough for Tottenham! Kane rescues Spurs, who else! He manages to wriggle free of Delaney to head home Eriksen's corner at the back post.

  • Chung-Yong Lee
    OffAndros TownsendCrystal PalaceAnother Palace change: Chung-Yong Lee takes the place of Townsend.
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    OnChung-Yong LeeCrystal Palace

Another Palace change: Chung-Yong Lee takes the place of Townsend.

  • Damien Delaney
    OffJames TomkinsCrystal PalaceDamien Delaney replaces Tomkins as Palace make their first change of the afternoon.
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    OnDamien DelaneyCrystal Palace

Damien Delaney replaces Tomkins as Palace make their first change of the afternoon.



Is it going to be Palace's day? Kane drags a shot from inside the box wide.



Davies flashes a low ball across the face, Kane flicks it on to Aurier at the back post. All he needs is a touch but he can't get his feet sorted and can't make the connection!



Eriksen's cross comes to Kane on the edge of the box, he nutmegs his marker before shooting low at goal. It takes a deflection off Benteke but Hennessey does well to make the stop.

  • Heung-Min Son
    OffMousa DembéléTottenham HotspurHeung-Min Son, who has 11 goals this season, comes on for Dembele for the final 10 minutes or so.
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    OnHeung-Min SonTottenham Hotspur

Heung-Min Son, who has 11 goals this season, comes on for Dembele for the final 10 minutes or so.


Will Harry Kane be made to rue his missed opportunities?


As it stands Tottenham will remain fifth, a point behind Chelsea who take on Manchester United at Old Trafford later today.


A rare foray forward from Palace as Riedewald loops a cross high into the box but Sanchez is there to head clear.


Hennessey rushes off his line and Alli goes over the top of the Palace goalkeeper, but again no penalty. Looked like he was already on his way down.



Eriksen's corner finds Davies at the top of the box. He is allowed to turn and gets away a lovely shot but Hennessey is at full stretch to make the stop, low to his left.


Alli wants a penalty after going to ground quite easily in the box under a challenge from Van Aanholt but Kevin Friend isn't interested.


Davies wins Spurs a corner, but it's a desperately poor delivery from Eriksen, who hasn't been at his best this afternoon.


Van Aanholt requires treatment but should be OK to continue. The last thing Palace need is another injury.

  • Lucas Moura
    OffErik LamelaTottenham HotspurLucas Moura replaces Lamela for his Premier League debut.
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Lucas Moura replaces Lamela for his Premier League debut.


Spurs need to try something different, but Pochettino is yet to make a substitution... until now - Lucas Moura is preparing to come on.

Meanwhile, Aurier makes a hat-trick of foul throws. More training required.


Tottenham corner, Lamela swings it in. Benteke rises highest before Van Aanholt hacks it clear.

Palace would snap your hand off for a goalless draw at this stage,



Sorloth goes down inside the Spurs penalty box just as he's about to pull the trigger, but replays show that Aurier got his toe to the ball. A brilliant and crucial challenge.


Spurs work the ball wide to Aurier who tries to slide through Lamela down the line, but overcooks the pass.

Spurs have had 80 per cent of possession in the second half!


Hennessey has kept 28 clean sheets in 150 Premier League appearances, but can he keep out Spurs this afternoon?



Aurier lets rip with a venomous shot from the right-side of the penalty box by Hennessey is alert to parry it wide.


Surely it's time for Spurs to make a change? They have Son and Lucas Moura on the bench. At the moment they are struggling to break down Palace's congested midfield.



Oh my, Kane misses from a few yards out! Eriksen picks him out with a dinked cross, Kane tries to arrow the ball into the net with the outside of his left-foot but can't find the target. Was he offside? The linesman didn't think so.


You would expect a player of Eriksen's quality to do better there, but it has been that kind of day for Spurs so far.



Davies' cross is deflected into the path of Eriksen who tries a first-time volley from the edge of the box but he slices it into the crowd.

Decent chance, that.


The ball comes to Benteke who knocks it past Dier and tries to get around the other side but the Tottenham defender works tirelessly to win back possession.


Alli wins the ball in a congested midfield and feeds Kane. The Englishman, who has 19 goals in 14 away Premier League games, has a crack at goal but it's high, wide and not at all handsome.


Tottenham have started the second period on the front foot but Palace continue to defend rebustly, with two successive crosses from Davies cleared easily.

  • 2nd Half

We are underway in the second period, and no changes have been made in personnel.


This game is crying out for Lucas Moura who has been left on the Spurs bench. The forward's pace and creativity would cause Palace problems.

  • End of 1st Half


Chances have been few and far in a rather cagey encounter. Harry Kane spurned Tottenham's best chance, while Ben Davies had a clear penalty turned down.

Palace have defended robustly but haven't created enough.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    Yellow cardMousa DembéléTottenham HotspurPalace win a corner but it comes to nothing. Meanwhile, Dembele is booked for a late challenge.
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Palace win a corner but it comes to nothing.

Meanwhile, Dembele is booked for a late challenge.


Palace break with Townsend leading the charge, he is allowed to cut inside but strikes a tame left-footed shot straight at Lloris.

Just one minute of added time to play.


Important Palace keep their concentration until the half-time break. How often do we see goals on the stroke of the interval which go on to change the game?


Oh dear, schoolboy stuff from Aurier who commits a foul throw, much to the delight of the Palace fans behind him.


Five minutes until half time, can Spurs find the opener before the interval?


Palace have got away with a couple of things this afternoon - Davies was fouled by Hennessey, no penalty; Kane was hauled down by Fosu-Mensah, offside - but apart from that they've been OK.


Tottenham spray the ball out to Aurier on the overlap but his cross is hooked away by Tomkins.

Palace are keeping their defensive shape well.


It's an early one, for sure.


Townsend wins Palace a corner, which finds its way to Van Aanholt on the edge of the box but he mis-hits his volley and slices it wide.


Tottenham are exerting so much pressure on the hosts and you have to wonder how much longer Palace can keep them out.


Alli is jeered as he receives the ball close to the Palace fans on the left channel. He works the ball back to Eriksen whose cross is blocked.



Sorloth's crazy ball to McArthur on the edge of his own box is cut out by Alli who slots a through-pass to Kane. The England international is taken out by Fosu-Mensah but fortunately for Palace the linesman had his flag up for offside. If Kane hadn't of been offside, it would have been a stonewall penalty.


Townsend is at the top of his own box to clear Davies' cross. Palace are playing so deep at the moment and Spurs have them camped in.


Palace have played nine games without Wilfried Zaha this season, winning absolutely none of them.


Townsend is having a good game, though. Again he has the beating of Davies and swings in a lovely cross but Sanchez clears with a diving header.


Benteke looks rather isolated up front on his own as the other forwards Sorloth and Townsend are having to drop into wide positions.


Townsend's cross is easily cleared at the near post, but this is better from Palace.


Davies is caught by Townsend and suddenly Palace break. Lamela does well to chase back but then commits a clumsy foul and the hosts have a free-kick on the right-channel.


Possession: Tottenham 70% - Palace 30%.


Sorloth peels away at the back post to meet Townsend's cross, he tries to nod it down for Benteke but ends up heading straight at Lloris.


Townsend takes advantage of a poor clearance from Dier as he cuts inside on the edge of the box and tees McArthur up for a shot, but his effort is tame and easily blocked by Sanchez.


Spurs counter quickly as Alli plays a ball over the top for Kane but there's too much zip on the pass and Hennessey collects.


Kane is taken out from behind but Kevin Friend allows play to continue. Palace work the ball wide to Van Aanholt who drills a lovely cross into the six-yard box but Lloris is off his line quickly to beat Benteke to the ball.


The pressure is relentless at the moment from Spurs. They win another free-kick, which Eriksen takes. It's a long way out but the Dane tries to be clever, trying to catch Hennessey out with a lobbed shot but the Palace keeper grabs it, just about.


Palace living dangerously at the moment. Their defence is all over the place!



What a mess! Van Aanholt fails to deal with Alli's cross and suddenly Kane is through on goal with just the goalkeeper to beat.. but his first-time shot is saved by Hennessey!



Alli wins Spurs a free-kick, which Eriksen floats in to Davies at the near post. He stabs it across the face and looks like he is taken out by Hennessey before Palace hook it behind for a corner.

Spurs may have had a decent case for a penalty, there.


It's been a fairly open match, so far at least. Spurs beginning to take control of the possession though.


Lamela tries to slide a neat pass to Kane but Fosu-Mensah makes a crucial interception.


Aurier bends a through-pass searching for Kane and Spurs win their first corner of the match, which Palace defend without too much fuss.


Bit of pushing and shoving in the box before the corner is swung in, but after a moment of panic Spurs scramble clear.


Kevin Friend is today's referee and he is keen to put his stamp on the game early as he awards Palace a free-kick. The hosts work it short and soon they have a corner.

  • 1st Half


Spurs get us underway at Selhurst Park.



Tottenham are looking to win three consecutive away league games against Crystal Palace for the first time in their history.


Some hope for Palace, then?


Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino: "It will be a big battle. Roy and his staff are doing a fantastic job.

"We need to match them in the areas of motivation, ready to fight and then of course try to deliver our way and our game.

"Of course it will be very tough. It will be very important to win the three points, fighting for the top four. The three points are massive for us."

Mauricio Pochettino, pictured, is not involved in contract talks with Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham have won an unrivalled 15 points in 2018 and are the only side yet to lose in the Premier League this year - but they're still outside the top four.

A win this afternoon would take them into fourth, providing Chelsea are held at Old Trafford.


Crystal Palace manager Hodgson: "In the 11 games still to play there will be lots of twists and turns.

"I am thinking of the day when I will have a full Palace squad to choose from. For now, I am trying to get by with what I have.

"I still think the 11 players who start the game against Tottenham are more than capable."

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson thinks games against Brighton focus attention

Palace have lost just one of their last 10 home matches, but only a superior goal difference separates them from the relegation zone. And their upcoming fixture list looks quite daunting with Manchester United and Chelsea also on the horizon.


Palace are missing 12 senior players for this contest, but Roy Hodgson still believes his side can cause an upset this afternoon.

There is a Premier League debut for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, he replaces Joel Ward, while Jairo Riedewald comes in for Yohan Cabaye.

There are four academy players named on the substitute's bench.


Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela come into the starting XI, with Kieran Trippier and Heung-min Son dropping to the bench.

Spurs are also missing Alderweireld and Vertonghen through injury.



Starting XI: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Alli, Lamela, Eriksen, Kane.

Subs: Vorm, Foyth, Trippier, Rose, Sissoko, Lucas, Son.



Starting XI: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Riedewald, McArthur, Townsend, Sørloth, Benteke.

Subs: Henry, Souare, Delaney, Rakip, Lokilo, Kirby, Lee.


Good morning and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of Tottenham's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

Finally, a super Sunday! Manchester City and Arsenal play for the Carabao Cup later, while Manchester United host Chelsea in the Premier League, but to kick us off are the Eagles and Spurs who are both fighting for points at opposite ends of the table.

We will start with team news, kick-off is only 45 minutes away!